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Frequently Asked Questions
Certification or Licensure?
In July 1995, the state of North Carolina adopted a name change from certification to licensure. A certificate is now called a license.
When Should I file for a NC License?
You may file for a NC license at any time. However, once you become an employee of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, you must file your paperwork within 30 days of employment.
Is there a fee for my license?
Yes. There is a processing fee of $85.
How does reciprocity work?
Reciprocity is based on completion of an approved education program or an interstate agreement. Reciprocity does not guarantee that all areas of licensure will transfer directly from one state to another, but you will be awarded the closest comparable NC area. North Carolina grade levels differ and such a difference may be reflected on your license. Reciprocity does not exempt you from the NC testing requirements.
What tests do I need to obtain a NC license?
The PRAXIS Series is the standard testing requirement for licensing in North Carolina. (First-time applicants must meet North Carolina's current testing requirements unless they took and met the NTE/PRAXIS testing requirements in place prior to July 1, 1996 and the Professional Knowledge Test prior to July 1, 1998.)
License holders must take the the appropriate subject test(s). Some Licensure areas require a PRAXIS specialty area test, while others require one-to-two PRAXIS II subject assessment tests
Can any other test be substituted for the NTE/PRAXIS Series?
May I apply for a license if I have not met the testing requirement?
Yes. Your testing requirement must be met by the end of your first school year. Different date requirements may apply if you are a lateral entry candidate hired after July 1, 1998 or if you are newly hired after January 1 of any school year, beginning January 1999.
Will my previous experience be credited to my NC license?
Yes, in most cases. Properly documented professional experience is creditable under the criteria outlined by the State. Salary placement will be at the bottom of the scale until a complete Licensure Application Packet has been filed with the CMS Licensure Office. Credit for lateral entry, non-teaching, work related experience must be approved by the NC State Department of Public Instruction.
Who do I contact for further information about NC Licensure?
Contact the NC State Department of Public Instruction Licensure Section. If you are employed in a licensed position with CMS, you may contact your assigned Licensure Case Manager.
Where can a lateral entry teacher get information on course work requirements?
CMS is fortunate to have established partnerships with the following area colleges and universities. Contact their School of Education for information on licensure programs.